The award is given to honor the late civil rights lawyer and academic, Dean Haywood Burns, who, from the age of 15 until his untimely death at age 55 while visiting South Africa, was active in seeking to expand the civil rights of all people. He was a builder of bridges rather than walls, actively involved in trying to extend connections to diverse groups within the community as a whole.
Award Criteria: The award will be given to an individual, not necessarily a lawyer, who has contributed to New York State in a manner which reflects Dean Burns’ commitment to the struggle for justice and the qualities that made him an outstanding advocate for civil rights and the empowerment of the powerless. Self nominations are not accepted.
Prize Awarded: Crystal Award
To download the 2013 Haywood Burns Award Nomination form,